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St. John
St. John

St. John Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com
  • Email: reservations@stjohnrestaurant.com
  • Phone: 020 7251 0848
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM; Sunday: 1.00PM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Chris Gillard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room for up to 18 guests. Entire site can be hired for between 110 (Sit down meal) or 250 (Informal Dinning)
  • Private Party Contact: Renata Galli 020 7553 9844

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charterhouse Street
  • Public Transit: Farringdon
  • Parking: No
A word from St. John
Fergus Henderson’s original home of “Nose to Tail Eating” opened in a former smokehouse around the corner from Smithfield Market in 1994.

Celebrating the finest of indigenous British produce and making the most of what is seasonally best whilst applying straight forward cooking techniques, St. John is now celebrated as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in 2009 was awarded its first Michelin Star.

Nose to tail eating means that, where appropriate, every part of the animal should be put to good use in the kitchen and so along with Roast Beef and Lemon Sole, diners will find Rolled Pig’s Spleen, Kidneys and Ox Heart, Liver and Chitterlings as well as the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, something of a ‘signature’ dish.

Whilst often cited as not a restaurant to take a vegetarian too, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Waiter was fantastic, savoury food was great. My Rhubarb Eton Mess had hard blocks of dry meringue."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "This restaurant gets a good deal of undeserved press attention. As restaurant that refers to itself as a "nose to tail" eating establishment, it ought to offer its guests a reasonable selection of the parts in between. St John's menu is very limited and the food not well cooked."
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Tables set out in rows with minimal space between added to the great atmosphere. Relaxed dinning on different food combinations. Mussels and cucumber was good and I dont like cucumber and the rabbit saddle, filleted off and presented on the bone, was cooked just right for me, not dry as rabbit can be. We were in a group of four and all tried something different and generally unusual. Service was great just the right level of attention without being in your face."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "Amazing food, very friendly service. All in all it is an outstanding restaurant. I will come back soon!"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "I would eat here every day if I could. This time I was particularly awestruck by the double height bar area. My middlewhite with trotter and prunes was a joy to eat. Lemon Posset every bit as mouthwatering as when I first came here in 2006."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "St John was lively and very noisy, the tables are very close together. Service was friendly and efficient but on this evening the food was rather disappointing. The bone marrow salad starter was good but my guests grey shrimps were bland. We both had the rabbit for the main which was very bland and watery. The bread and marmalade ice cream was good and the wine went well with the food and was reasonably priced."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Only criticisms: house champagne is absurdly expensive, as are digestifs!"
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "this is one of my favorite restaurants in london for the last three years. amazing food and service but especially food"
    dined on 01/04/2014
  • "My 3rd time in St. John when visiting London. The bone marrow is always superb!"
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable dinner for two at St John. The food was excellent - despite a lot of the annoying pretentiousness of the whole idea of 'Modern British' it was locally sourced and superbly executed. The starters of bone marrow on toast and shallots with goat cheese were both really good. The Brill lived up to its name and the smoked Haddock was probably the finest I have ever eaten. The only slight letdown was the bread pudding which was more like Christmas pudding - Christmas pud being probably my least favourite pud.... Service was great - friendly, down-to-earth and charming. Probably the only let down was the ambience (very noisy, decor leads to a slightly cold ambience, finance types). Definitely one of the best in London."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "ce n'est pas ce que laisse imaginer l'affiche !il n'y a pas l'ombre d'un cochon même pas la queue ! c'est un restaurant bobo branché .la nourriture est correcte mais la présentation ordinaire .Il y a une foule de cuisiniers et de serveurs qui ne sont pas trés vifs , plutot gentils mais pas efficaces ni attentionnés .Bref pour moi ce ne sont pas des professionnels !!!il y a bien mieux dans le quartier . trés cher pour ce que c'est ! désolé d'être dur mais la frime j'ai passé l'âge ."
    dined on 24/03/2014
  • "sweatbreads foie gras all too delicious keep it up Fergus please."
    dined on 24/03/2014
  • "Innovative cooking and fantastic exponent of nose to tail cooking. Decent wine list and great sweets."
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "Great restaurant concept, food and restaurant style just matches. A very creative kitchen!"
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "I've been to St John a few times and it's always good. Interesting cuts of meat and menu choices you won't find anywhere else. The bone marrow is a real treat! Go with an open mind and try something you wouldn't normally have - it won't disappoint."
    dined on 11/07/2013
  • "The restaurant is a bit noisy... Menu and food was amazing, Marrow, octopus, hare and ox... At a very reasonable price,"
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "Having diner at St. John's is really a great experience. The service is excellent and explain with large patience the menu and the specials and go along easily with special wishes. The food itself is exceptional, you get things deliciously prepared and you find food on the menu which is kind of unusal (ox heart). The athmosphere is trendy modern and not stiff. Thank you for a great evenig."
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "Excellent food and wine. Good service. Will definitely go again."
    dined on 04/03/2014
  • "I had made a booking on March 1 at 21-00 from international number. When i arrived - the place was closed. Noone was able to notice me beforehand of this closure. Bad impression from a Michelin Star restaurant."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Once agin I had a delicious meal here. There is so much choice so we shared the cuttlefish and rabbit offal which were very tasty. The pigeon which was served pink was tender and delicious. Wine list also very good."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "I have now been to St John four times in the last 5 months and it is remains my 'go to' place for impressing visiting friends. Last Friday was no exception, with exceptional service, despite a full restaurant, and an amusing and unique menu. Of the starters, the kid and garlic soup was exceptional and the bone marrow on toast was, of course, delicious. This was nothing compared to the main courses, however, with the skate wing, bream, and squirrel all future 'must-haves'. Skate is my favourite fish, and that was the best skate I've yet to eat. Go to St John - you will not be disappointed."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Premium placed on meat. Very well priced. Great variety on the menu."
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "We've eaten in the bar/bakery area for lunch and loved it, so we were looking forward to dinner in the dining room. Unfortunately, this was a disappointment. The food (as always) was terrific. However, the ambiance in the main dining room is downright weird. The walls are stark, so it's echoey. A LOUD machine was droning in the background and I said, "it sounds like we're in the intensive care ward!" Our servers were efficient, but not friendly. In fact, they seemed somewhat put out by serving us. As a hospitality professional, this is a shortcoming in training. Good staff development means servers are taught how to develop rapport with customers. Every customer should be a repeat customer and spread great word of mouth for you."
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "As expected this was a top notch experience, from the professionalism of the staff to the execution of the dishes. I would go every week if I could."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Dining at St Johns never disappoints, the menu is vast and frequently changing so one can always try new things that certainly won't be easy to find anywhere else. Bone marrow is a must as well as the roast pigeon."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Always try the offal or whatever is weird and wonderful at St John. Rabbit a beetroot main was ok, didn't blow my mind like previous visits. Apple and calvados cake was amazing, as was the Vouvray champagne. Staff are friendly but a little stressed."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "We were very excited about our first visit to St John a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we were left very disappointed. Food that should have been served hot was served cold, and so was the red wine. We had to wait for 40 minutes for a mains to arrive. The fish was dry and over and the mallard was cold and under. We are not perfectionists but this was just appalling. I would not recommend St John."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "I loved the challenge that St Johns set diners. This was not the usual roll out of the standard menu items. This was innovative food-excellently delivered. The restaurant was housed in an old smokehouse apparently-full of character with a bar/cafe downstairs in the courtyard and the restaurant upstairs in what would have been offices. Good service-good wine. All round- an excellent choice for lunch for the more culinary adventurous."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Save for the grilled razor clams, everything else was just mediocre."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "I took my "foodie" boyfriend here for a birthday meal. Interesting menu, short and well put together. Friendly staff. The atmosphere is relaxed but also feels special with linen table cloths. Wine superb. Good balance of expensive/inexpensive items. Definitely recommend it!"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Met by a very lovely Irish waitress who quickly delivered water and bread and butter, them a pint of draught cider, and the food fun started. My guest had the Dorset crab, I the bone marrow, the hare and blood cake with Welsh rarebit washed down with the house claret. The service was fast but not rushed, the food impeccable, the vibe good and this will now be my business restaurant of choice, excellent pint of Guiness too!"
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "The restaurant is rather hidden from sight by the hoardings and equipment being used for the CrossRail project. Doubt you would see it unless you knew it was there under an arch set back from the road. Ground floor is a bar and snack bar; up a short flight of stairs the main restaurant. The walls are a stark white, with simply furnished tables and chairs. The menu does not easily distinguish between starters, main courses and desserts. That said, my black sausage with two eggs was cooked properly without lumps of fat, and my brown bread icecream declicious. My friend's mallard duck was rather tough. Friendly service from the Irish waitress. Wines quite pricey though the house-label red wine was fair value. Overall, rather quirky experience"
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "I cannot recommend enough this place. Definitely my favourite restaurant in London."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Had a great experience at St. John and would definitely like to go back at some point. Great food, great service, great non-pretentious environment... What else can one ask for? Four and a half out of five stars."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "St. John had been on my wishlist for quite sometime. My experience did not disappoint. The food was outstanding and interesting. We ordered the St.John wines as well, which were excellent and a great value. I like the more casual atmosphere as well. This restaurant is for serious eaters. My only regret is that we didn't order dessert. Upon leaving you get hit with a whiff of the most delicious smelling pastries from the St. John bakery. Next time."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "this really is the best place in London. it isnt for vegetarians but everything about this place is true class."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "I was very pleased to eat in an establishment that provided interesting, delicious and not "over the top" food in an environment that allowed to you converse and not have other diners at your elbows. Very engaging, yet not intrusive service."
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "sad that the leicester square location shut down but very glad that the original is going strong"
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "And not for the faint of heart, or the vegetarian (though our greens and kohlrabi were superbly prepared as our roast bone marrow, lamb sweetbreads, octopus and broiled fish). Our server patiently explained the menu items with which we were not familiar and every dish we chose was unique and memorable. Come with a sense of adventure and you will not be disappointed."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "St John lived up to its reputation of offering excellent - and unusual - meat dishes. We chose roasted bone marrow with parsley, squid and chard, snails, sausage and chick peas, roast lamb with red cabbage and prunes, crispy pig's cheek and dandelion....it was all delicious. We arrived at 7 to an almost empty dining room, but it soon filled up. The waiter was well informed and helpful. It is well worth a visit."
    dined on 11/02/2014